Learn metal embossing at the Bedford Public Library

BEDFORD – The library is bringing you yet another fun chance to learn new skills. This time, adults are invited September 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., to register for an hour-long event to learn about the famous book of Kells and metal embossing.

You can register to attend by finding the event on the Bedford Public Library’s website, or by clicking HERE.

Information drawn from the Metal Embossing Academy:

Metal embossing or Pewter Repousse (French) is an ancient art form used to impart a design upon malleable metal sheets. Suitable metals include pewter, aluminum or copper. This craft is also referred to as repujado en lamina (Spanish) or Pewter work (British).

Embossing is the art of producing raised, 3-dimensional design patterns on the surface of the metal. The first step is to transfer a design or pattern of your choice onto the metal and then pushing the design from the back using an embossing tool or stylus in order to create a raised effect on the opposite side. This process gives it volume and texture.

One of the greatest treasures of its kind, the Book of Kells is an illuminated religious manuscript from the medieval period. Written in Latin, it contains the four Gospels of the New Testament and would have been crafted by the Celtic monks in the Columban monastery on Iona, circa 800.